Category Archives: Life

An Introvert’s Nonprofit Career Story: 5 Lessons from My Switch to External Facing Work

Work trip turned mini vacation

INFP. The Myers Briggs test didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know. But it gave me a way to fit my skills, professional experience and personal interests into a neat little framework. Nearly 10 years later, I don’t think much has changed.

On this blog, you know me as Dee. In the real world, I’m a business systems manager for a nonprofit organization. It’s a catch-all title, meaning I manage our Salesforce database…but also, any other systems we might adopt. Because #multiplehats.

Getting here —in my career and this blog— hasn’t been a total accident! So I thought I’d share a bit about what that path has looked like for me.

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10 Project Management Skills To Apply To Your Personal Life

Work projects really help us grow in our careers, especially when you’re first starting out. I know that many of the skills I rely on for my role — like prioritization, or managing deadlines — continue to be honed because of the projects I get to work on at my org.

So if these skills make us better at our jobs, why not adopt them when we’re off the clock too?

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10 Tips for Being a Rockstar Volunteer

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, I hope you have plans to go out and give back somewhere in the next few days. (And if you don’t, no worries. We need volunteers every week of the year.)

Volunteering can be as simple as showing up for your assignment, but it could be so much more! By putting your best foot forward when serving for a cause, you position yourself to give (and get) more from the experience.

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The Case for Being Employed for Good

 

Hi, I’m Dee. I’m a life hack addict and I work for a nonprofit organization in New York City.

 

If you’ve ever worked in the social sector, you may think ‘‘nice, she’s one of us!’ If you aren’t familiar with the term, then you’re likely wondering “what does that mean, and who would work for a company that doesn’t turn a profit?” It’s a good question – one that I frequently get from relatives whenever the subject comes up. Continue reading